Birthdays for 7 & 8

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Robot Drum Horse

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Construct a robot. Hear the logic of Leonardo's mind at work as he invents the first modern robot, an automatic drum machine whose rhythms can be reprogrammed flexibly and whose tempos adjust automatically.

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X Wing Fighter

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The X-wing was a prominent series of multiple starfighters produced by Incom with a characteristic "X"-shape of four wings, known as S-foils, extending out from the fuselage. These star fighters were found in the service of the Rebel Alliance, New Republic, and also the Whitney Workshop.

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Birthday Dynabrolly

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Looking at wave forms at different speeds and the effect of weight, air friction and gravity. As the speed changes, see the different number of waves traveling around the edge of the cloth.

Or, just enjoy the sheer pleasure of watching a dancer twirl about, a spaceship spin, Elsa or Olaf skate on ice, or Dervishes spin and spin and spin.

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Dancing Robots

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Build a robot, add a motor and an eccentric wheel (or heart or star), a battery and wire it up. Your robot will dance and vibrate to any tune you call. Build a traditional robot, a Stormtrooper a Supergirl or maybe even Silver Surfer robot. You get to choose.

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Birthday project

New! Dancing Pirate

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A pirate, a parrot, a motor, an eccentric wheel and battery.

Arghhh! Dancing.

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Pinball Machine

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A popular project that teaches game design (beginnings, middles and ends), logic (rewards for difficulty), marble movement (caroms, momentum) and creative design (good games must still attract players.) A rare exploration of the work of play.

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Analog Minecraft

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Create your own world of Minecraft in three dimensions with our building blocks and glue. Make a character you choose (Steve? Creeper? Enderman?) to keep you company you when you're playing online.

Common Sense Media rates Minecraft as a game for 8 years old and up.

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Birthday Catapult

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Inspired by Wallace and Grommit's Sheep-a-pult, this catapult launches soft wool 'sheep' or 'cows' or anything you choose to launch into the castle tower that you build. Ready, set, launch!

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New! Rolling Egg Dragon

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Build a dragon with a hole in the middle. Choose a head. Choose a tail. Why the hole? Watch the dragon's egg tumble in his tummy when he rolls along.

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Magnetic Pendulum

Ecosystems Magnetic Pendulum

All creatures live in a web of resources that support or suppress their growth. Create a dynamic model of an insect’s or bird’s world. Suspend a magnetized creature on a pendulum. Add food and shelter (with magnets) that attract the creature and predators and hazards that repel it. The creature navigates a complex and fascinating path.

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Balance / Folk Toys


Immigrants brought to America traditions of crafting simple playthings out of common materials. These toys develop dexterity and inventiveness. Two toys from the catalog of classics. Understand Force and Motion or connect to Colonial curriculum or the geography of play. Yesterday's toys for today's kids – and they still evoke wonder. Nothing and everything is new.

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Balancing Circus


The Circus explores the art and science of balance, forces, center or gravity and performance. Conceived with a nod to artist /engineer Sandy Calder, each circus tests classic experiments at work.

Expands STC curriculum.

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Designing Dragons Birthday

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Dragons are made of parts borrowed from birds, reptiles, mammals and imagination. Assemble your own: from the old Norse traditions that Hiccup so carefully described. Or from the now 15 year-old Pokemon traditions of Japan. Make your dragon match your favorite or look like a beast no one else has ever seen.

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Star Trek Enterprise Birthday

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Fifty years ago, a remarkable epic began. The Starship Enterprise and her crew began to explore Space…the Final Frontier. Unlike many explorers, her mission sought neither conquest nor treasure. Her crew sought out unknown civilizations across the galaxy. A Prime Directive promised that no starship would interfere with the development of any civilization it encountered. The challenge and wisdom of that law shaped the Enterprise's many adventures and accounts for her ongoing respect and fame. Construct and captain a model Enterprise Class starship.

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